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Last updated: 27 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

In easy walking distance of top sights such as the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Grand Bazaar, this traditional neoclassical-style hotel is a perfect base for first-time visitors to the city.

The super friendly service – totally geared to helping you get around and enjoy the best of the city – is a huge plus, and when you’re finished pounding the pavements, the hotel’s Sultan Spa, with an indoor swimming pool and traditional Turkish hammam, are just the ticket.

The comfortable prices, exceptional buffet breakfast and celebrated rooftop Olive restaurant (with lovely views over Old Istanbul) make this hotel a guaranteed winner for both couples and families.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul

Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey[0.2 miles]

Hypnotic and haunting, the traditional sema ceremony of the whirling dervishes dates back to the 13th century. Watch the dervishes whirl to the Sufi’s haunting, hypnotic music.

Best for ages: 8+ | £10 | 75 minutes

Topkapi Palace

Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey[0.5 miles]

The 15th and-16th century home of the Ottoman Sultans, this magnificently decadent palace is a perfectly preserved time capsule of life at the top in this most exotic of empires.

Best for ages: 8+ | £17

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Exterior of a red and white brick Turkish bathhouse with cafe tables beneath the pillars at the front

Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam

Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey[0.6 miles]

This gleaming white bathhouse was designed in 1556 by Mimar Sinan, the architect of the city’s greatest mosques – it’s now a modern, luxurious spa (albeit an expensive one) and a destination in itself. A basic 30-minute bath treatment includes a kese scrub and olive-oil soap massage.

Best for ages: 13+ | £50

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Exterior of white museum with trees lining the entrance

Museum of Turkish Islamic Arts

Istanbul , Marmara Region, Turkey[0.7 miles]

This treasure trove of Islamic art and artefacts holds one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic-influenced glassware, rugs, ceramics, carpets, calligraphy, metalwork and ethnographic items, spanning over a thousand years. It offers a fascinating insight into the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Turkey. A must for decorative arts fans.

Best for ages: 18+ | £4

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Islamic man with traditional dress smoking shisha, drinking tea

Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi

Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey[0.9 miles]

Super authentic spot near the Grand Bazaar where you can smoke nargile (a water pipe or hookah) and drink tea in the courtyard of a mosque from 1709.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Mosaic of man's face

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

Istanbul , Marmara Region , Turkey[0.9 miles]

For a glimpse into the ancient Byzantine era, try this museum showcasing a vast collection of beautifully preserved 5th and 6th-century AD mosaics and artefacts from the Great Palace of Constantinople, the palace of the first Byzantine Emperors. Marvel at intricate designs depicting mythological scenes, historical figures and nature.

Best for ages: 18+ | £2

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Marmara Region, Turkey

Exotic, inexhaustible and dynamic – East meets West head-on in this mesmerising city metropolis, famed for its extraordinarily rich history, superb food and shopping, and mind-blowingly magnificent, over-sized mosques.

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